Navigating the Windy City – a bustling metropolis with a vibe all of its own. Here are some things to check out among the skyscrapers.
Gallery: The Art Institute Of Chicago
Starting off with a culture fix? Head downtown to check out The Art Institute Of Chicago. It was founded in 1879, making it one of the largest and oldest art museums in America. You can expect to see Surrealism, Impressionism, American art, Asian art and modern art all well represented.
Bar: I|O Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel
The sky’s the limit in Chicago thanks to its many rooftop bars, and they’ve all gotten quirkier over the years. Check out I|O Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel for dramatic skyline views, CBD cocktails and wagyu beef sliders.
Chicago has a global reputation for its house music heritage, and Smartbar is probably one of the most important nightclubs in America. The late great Frankie Knuckles, known as The Godfather of House Music, held a residency here. You’ll want to swing by.
Hotel: Conrad Chicago
Opening in late 2016, the Conrad Chicago sits just off Michican Avenue and oozes luxury. The Conrad’s restaurants were created in collaboration with chef Richard Sandoval and include Noyane, a Japanese-inspired rooftop lounge.
Coffee: Ipsento Coffee
Ipsento has two locations in Chicago – visit Ipsento 606 on 1813 North Milwaukee Avenue for chic surroundings and incredible coffeee. If your afternoon coffee stretches into the evening, they also serve beer, wine and cocktails.
Museum: Field Museum
The Field Museum is a natural history museum well worth your time. Here you’ll find the latest scientific breakthroughs alongside fascinating ancient history. Say hi to Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton yet discovered. (Named after the explorer who discovered her, Sue Hendrickson, to save you a Google on that).
Grab a slice of some Chicago-style stuffed pizza action at Giordano’s. Their deep dish pizza has won many accolades, such as being named Best Pizza in the City by Chicago Magazine. They also ship their pizzas frozen all over the US if you can’t get enough when you’re not in Chi-Town. Just look at that cheese pull…
Point Of Interest/Sculpture: Cloud Gate
This Anish Kapoor piece was installed in 2006, and is affectionately nicknamed The Bean because of its shape (a nickname Kapoor originally disliked but has now grown fond of!). It’s the focal point of the AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park – head down to get an obligatory photo of your reflection in it for your Instagram.
Street food: The Fat Shallot
While this food truck now has two physical locations (one in Lincoln Park and one inside Revival Food Hall), see if you can spot their eye catching red truck around town. Things to try at The Fat Shallot include the truffle aioli fries, the Texas toast BLT and a grilled cheese with sautéed spinach and caramelised onions.